is an animated series produced in 2009 and broadcasted by Disney Channel
.In a World
where monsters live freely among the humans and cause trouble, a boy called Matt Average runs a monster hunting company to help the people from the tranquil city of Joliville. He will tag along Bruce, his over-enthusiast father
; Dink, his friendly monster pet
; and Manson, the laid-back Gothic Girl Next Door
. Together, they form the Average company, which will give the dangerous monsters a run for their money.
This show provides examples of:
- Adorkable: All the main characters in at least one occasion.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Ellen, Matt's mother, can fall ocasionally on this trope.
- Big Bad: There isn't a well-defined one, but Madame Bovary tends to take this role.
- Big Eater: Mika can eat literally everything.
- Blob Monster: Mika again.
- Body Horror: Many monsters.
- Cyborg: Implied with Appendix, whose cranium has a metallic half.
- Deadpan Snarker: Manson, although not as much as her appearance may suggest.
- Dissonant Serenity: Manson typically displays this attitude.
- Fake Band: "Metal Finish", Manson's favorite music band, which according to her plays neo-Gothic thrash metal.
- Fantasy Kitchen Sink: Lots and lots of kinds of monster.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Manson, complete with Girlish Pigtails and Excessive Evil Eyeshadow.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Matt and his father often devise weapons and vehicles to take the Monster of the Week, sometimes with not so effective results. Professor Appendix also counts.
- Gender-Blender Name: Manson is a girl, which doesn't help Matt's father to notice her as a female.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: Matt and his mother.
- Invisible Parents: We never see Manson's parents, though unlike most of examples, they get mentioned at least once.
- Limited Wardrobe: The human characters always wear the same clothes.
- Mad Scientist: Professor Appendix looks like the classical stereotype.
- Meaningful Name:
- Monster of the Week: The episodes are created in this pattern.
- Nightmare Fetishist: Manson loves everything related to monsters and creepy things, to the point she enjoys actual nightmares. Matt is a less disturbing but equally valid example, as according to his father, the only way to put him to sleep when he was a baby was showing him monster films.
- Non-Human Sidekick: Dink, one of the few non-evil monsters, serves as Team Pet.
- Only One Name: Manson.
- Only Sane Man: Bruce Average believes himself to be this, but reality is another.
- Perky Goth: Manson, of course.
- Phony Psychic: Madame Bovary, in line with her 19th century spiritist gimmick, claims to have supernatural powers, which actually are helps from her
- Red-Headed Hero: Matt.
- Running Gag: Matt's father constantly mistakes Manson for a boy, despite her appearance not being boyish or male-looking at all.
- Another one is Manson labelling any particularly creepy monster as her brother.
- Shock and Awe: Dink's ability is firing electrical discharges from his horns.
- Shout-Out: Madame Bovary's name is based in the book Madame Bovary, and her character in general brings echoes from New Age mystic Madame Blavatsky.
- Spicy Latina: Carlota, the sheriff's female coworker.
- Summon Bigger Fish: The Average company does this in a gruesome manner to take a large Blob Monster made of mold. After getting trapped by the monster, Matt and Dink just flush their own Blob Monster Mika, who swiftly devours the monster to nothing.
- Unfazed Everyman: Most of the people of Joliville see monster attacks as they would see problems in their pipes.
- The Unintelligible: Dink speaks in his own language, which only Matt can understand.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: Matt.